Greg Kinnear has joined the cast of CBS All Access' Jordan Peele-produced revival of The Twilight Zone. In addition to producing, Peele will also step into the shoes once worn by Rod Serling and take on hosting duties on the revival series, which is set to debut in 2019.
As Twilight Zone returns to screens for yet another revival, the show will be armed with a heavy-hitting cast of well-known actors, some of them taking on new versions of classic Twilight Zone roles. Adam Scott has already signed on to take the William Shatner role in a new version of the classic episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," while Jacob Tremblay, John Cho, and Allison Tolman were also recently announced to be starring in an episode called "The Wunderkind." Kumail Nanjiani and Sanaa Lathan too have been named as cast members.
Now, according to Deadline, Greg Kinnear has signed on to the new Twilight Zone series to star in an episode called "The Traveler." Plot details on the episode have not yet been revealed, but it was previously reported that Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will also star in it. As no episode details have been released, it's not known if this is another remake of a classic Twilight Zone episode or a completely original story.
An Oscar-nominee for 1997's As Good As It Gets, which he starred in alongside Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, Kinnear most recently starred in the final season of Netflix's House of Cards. The actor is also reportedly set to take the lead in a new series remake of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds currently being developed for European television. Kinnear will also play iconic comedian Bob Hope in Misbehaviour, a film about the controversial 1970 Miss World beauty pageant. The actor got his start on television as the original host of Talk Soup before moving on to serious movie roles, and in recent years has made his way back to TV on series like Rake, The Kennedys, and Electric Dreams.
Jordan Peele and company obviously want to maintain as much of an aura of mystery around the new Twilight Zone as possible, and so they're keeping a tight lid on things when it comes to actual story details. However, it's safe to say the series has collected a very impressive cast so far, which is very much in keeping with the original Twilight Zone, which over the years featured a host of very talented actors including Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Peter Falk, Jonathan Winters, Carol Burnett, and Dennis Hopper.